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Access Is Everything: UCHS College and Career Fair Draws 50 Schools and Businesses

 College Fair

When it comes to planning for the future, information and connections are everything.

On Thursday evening, Oct. 11, University City High School students were able to meet firsthand with 50 representatives from colleges, trade schools and corporations to talk about educational and career options after high school.

The event took up the two main lobby hallways of the high school, and students and parents were able to go from table to table to learn about admissions at national and local colleges and universities, prerequisites for admission, and unique programs to gain access to companies and trades right out of high school.  Unlike other college fairs in the region held by multiple schools, UCHS students had exclusive access to talk one-on-one with companies like Boeing and Spire, and elite universities like Northwestern, Washington University and the University of Missouri – Columbia. Students and parents also were able to talk with representatives from the UMSL Bridge Program, which helps prepare students for college.

The event was followed by a FAFSA Frenzy, a crash-course session on filling out the free federal aid form required to be considered for financial aid from colleges and universities. National research finds that many lower-income families have difficulty completing the forms, which can derail college dreams.

Colleges and universities in attendance included Avila University, Benedictine College, Columbia College, Eastern Illinois University, Florida A&M University, Fontbonne University, Grambling State University, Hannibal LaGrange University, Howard University, Lyon College, McKendree University, Missouri Baptist University, Missouri Southern State University, Missouri State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri Western State University, Murray State University, Northwestern University, Rockhurst University, Saint Louis University, Southeast Missouri State University, St. Louis Community College, St. Charles Community College, State Technical College of Missouri, The Ohio State University, The University of Alabama, Truman State University, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Central Missouri, University of Iowa, University of Missouri – Columbia, University of Missouri – Kansas City, University of Missouri – St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, Webster University, William Jewel College and William Woods University.

Companies and career schools on hand included Abbott EMS, Boeing Pre-employment Program, Building Union Diversity (BUD) program, Cyber Up, Missouri Army National Guard, NPower Missouri, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562, St. Louis County Fire Academy, Spire Energy, STLCC/Workforce Solutions Group, University City Adult Education and Literacy Program, U.S. Army and the Environmental Resource Training Center.

 The event was planned and coordinated by the College and Career Counseling Office at the High School.

On Friday, students from the Joy Lieberman Learning Center also participated in a Career Day at the LLC in the McNair Administration building on Groby Road. Students were able to sit in on presentations offered by Elaine Stevens Beauty School, Forest Park Accelerated Programs, Harris Stowe Teachers College, Job Corps, Ranken Technical College, St. Louis College of Health Careers, University City Fire Department and the University City Police Department. A Military Crash Course presentation was also available to students to learn about opportunities in the armed services.

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